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post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-31-2020, 08:00 PM
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Originally Posted by DaninVan View Post
Hey, Kenn; Are you having issues with your Bosch tools? If not, why do you want to make a brand switch, other than to maybe buy something unique to a different brand.
Honestly, I'm not trying to be argumentative here; I'm genuinely curious as to why you're off Bosch.

Good point...as they say in Lower Shoplovia "If it ain't broke, don't fix it til it is"
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I am not mentally locked into only buying just one brand, but I do stick with the better brands like DeWalt, Milwaukee, Makita, etc. Some brands have better saws, some have better routers, etc. Sticking to just one brand because of battery type is a good idea, but I have both DeWalt and Milwaukee brands of battery operated tools now. I have DeWalt, Milwaukee, Makita corded circular saws, and a DeWalt 18 volt circular saw, but most of my other 18 volt battery operated tools are DeWalt too. I just buy whichever brand seems to have all of the features that I'm most comfortable with of these better brands.

I did hear once when DeWalt and Porter Cable were coming under one owner, that they had decided to make the DeWalt tools the higher quality and Porter Cable the lower end more economical tools and slightly cheaper tools. Since then, I haven't bought any Porter Cable tools, but recently I've noticed that this price/quality reduction doesn't seem to have happened, so I may again consider accepting a Porter Cable tool into my herd, if it offers what I am looking for and "feels right" in my hands. Most of my routers are DeWalt, because they had the lower weight and balance of what I looked at, and they "felt right" in my hands. The DW618 proved to be the most versatile, so a 3 base kit ended up in my truck and another in the shop. The third DW618 two base kit came from a friend who was getting out of woodworking, and I got it more as a spare than anything, since I knew it had only been used a couple of times. I no longer own any Ryobi tools. Their spare parts prices and poor service drove me away.


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I've had a DeWalt 618 full 3-base kit for years with no issues. Sorry you got a lemon.
I'm not a heavy user, just a hobbyist. I've also had great success with Bosch tools, but they are more expensive up front.
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Dewalt is actualy owned by Black and Decker they also bought Porta Cable , Delta and Oldem who used to make Viper router bits and also craftsman It seems after they bought the companys the quality goes down.
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post #16 of 18 (permalink) Old 09-03-2020, 04:53 AM
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Originally Posted by KennK View Post
D.R. Tom,
What brand(s) do you prefer?

I've been a Bosch user mostly and have been wondering if I should veer toward Dewalt, but lately there has been a lot of good talk about Milwaukee power tools.
You do know that Milwaukee produces its tools in China
I don’t buy Chinese if I can help it
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Quick Update: My replacement got here yesterday and sure enough it works PERFECT! I'm so glad that I replaced it! The new router doesn't spark inside the housing at all! I'm used to seeing some arc (sparks) inside the housing of the motor but this one works seamlessly!
Thank you all for all of your support, comments and welcoming messages!
This is the most active/helpful forum I've been!
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post #18 of 18 (permalink) Old 09-03-2020, 01:03 PM
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Not surprised about the condition. DeWalt was manufactured, many years ago, in Easton, Maryland, U.S.A. Black and Decker moved the plant to Mexico and put 600 people out of work. Al least it wasn't made in China.
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